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Hooray for Assistant Principals!

Let me start by recognizing the work of our wonderful Alaska assistant principals! April 13-17 is National Assistant Principal Week. NASSP has established a page on their Website with some tools you can use to honor the work of your assistant principal. I know how important my assistant principals were to me when I was a building principal. Let’s show them how much we appreciate them by doing something special during National Assistant Principal’s Week.

The deadline for applications for the AASSP/NASSP Principal of the Year has been extended to April 20, 2015. Applications for the State POY are being accepted through a link on our Website that takes you to the NASSP Website. Each state will select one POY to be considered for the national position. Our Website has the national rules and access the link.

The Alaska Principal’s Foundation is in the process of reviewing the applications for the BP Alaska Principal’s Scholarship. We’ve received applications from every region throughout the state. This scholarship is a wonderful way to support Alaska’s best and brightest. Good luck to all our applicants. Winners will be contacted by BP.

SAVE THE DATES – The conference committee for the October Alaska Principal’s conference is in full-swing. The conference is being planned for October 18-20. The theme will be “The Passionate Present Principal.” Featured key-note speakers include Baruti Kafele, recipient of more than 100 educational, professional and community awards, including the Milken National Educator Award; John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of the nonprofit organization Operation HOPE; and our very own retired Anchorage School District superintendent Carol Comeau. Watch for more information as the conference gets closer.

I know that you have been following the action in Juneau regarding the education budget and have received updates from our colleagues with ACSA. As stated in their last email:  It’s critical that the legislators hear from as many Alaskans as possible.  If you want to send an email you can simply click on the email link. Their email included email links to the legislator’s offices. With only two weeks left in the session, this would be good time to make your voice heard.

Thank you again for all do you do for students, educators and the members of your communities. Principals are making a difference in Alaska!

Take Care,